A 38-year-old female asked:
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is it possible to have enlarged lymph nodes with hoshimotos hyper thyroidism ? and why they need a biopsy ?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
Yes: Anybody can have nodes. Your physician wants to biopsy them because hashimoto's puts you at extra risk for malignant lymphoma, and even if the nodes aren't that worrisome, he wants to cover himself and you.
Answered on May 3, 2018
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Dr. Stanley Schwartz
51 years experience Endocrinology
They want to make : Sure you don't have a malignancy- cancer whether related to hashimoto's disease or not.
Answered on May 3, 2018
Dr. Alan Feldman
40 years experience Endocrinology
Common: Seeing mildly enlarged lymph nodes in the neck is very common with Hashimoto's thyroiditis. We usually do not biopsy these lymph nodes unless there is something suspicious about them (large size, abnormal blood flow within the lymph node). Are they looking to biopsy a lymph node or a thyroid nodule?
Answered on May 3, 2018
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